Last night's heavy rain fell on an already-saturated ground. That, combined with rising creeks and lakes, helped create the perfect storm for flooding.
"We see a major storm cell coming in, just twisting."Josh Clayton was out on the lake with friends and began receiving calls about the rain.
"You know how people exaggerate,” said Clayton, “make stories this big. It rained 6 inches in an hour, I'm thinking it's no big deal."
But upon arriving at his home he realized that it wasn't a tall tale. The entire road leading to his home was flooded and the flooding has now put the Boone Lake Association to work.
"The challenge at the moment is on the Watauga side. The creeks and river have brought trash in," said Russ Harrison, president of the Boone Lake Association.
Debris has now filled the lake with things like tree limbs and bottles, but the association has a much bigger problem. "Docks that have been washed away, refrigerators, truck tires on the big end," said Harrison.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency told us that boaters should be careful while out on the lake for the next few days. "Even though the rains may be easing up now, the water that's still generated from all the rains will still be around for several days," said TWRA officer David Crum.
The TWRA will be out on the water routinely surveying for large debris, but they are encouraging boaters to keep an eye out as well. "Be sure that you look before you go into an area. Try and scan the area, especially if you're pulling a skier or a tuber or someone back behind the boat. Be sure to just watch out for what's in front of you," he said.
The Boone Lake Association is encouraging anyone who can to come out to volunteer and clean up Boone Lake on the morning of Wednesday, August 8 at 8 a.m. Volunteers can meet at 557 Austin Springs Road.
If you would like more information you can go to their website at boonelakeassociation.org.